Non per soldi ma per amore. That’s the Italian name for Say Anything... The English translation is “not for the money…but for love.
Going through boxes recently, we found the very first draft of “Say Anything….” It began as a story about a golden girl, Diane Court, who also worked in her father’s nursing home, helping the residents through their “Golden Years.” Over time, and many more drafts, the story also became about the lovelorn kick-boxing suitor — Lloyd Dobler — who identified himself and his mission in the very first scene. Lloyd was so much fun to write as a character, and the collaboration to come with actor John Cusack remains a crackling reminder of what happens when the right people come together.
Three of Cameron’s films are streaming in HD this month on Netflix. You can check out Say Anything…, Pearl Jam Twenty and Vanilla Sky via Netflix Watch Instantly if you are so inclined…
In conjunction with the release of James Ponsoldt‘s new coming of age film The Spectacular Now, there’s a unique opportunity to see other classic coming of age films on the big screen. This includes two of Cameron’s films (Almost Famous and Say Anything…), along with Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused and John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club.
The always great Paste magazine shares their 50 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time and we thought you’d enjoy a little discussion around it.
Rob Sheff from Rolling Stone recently shared his 30 Greatest Rock & Roll Movie Moments. It’s a fun list and worth sharing with you all too!
John Cusack and Cameron attended a couple of stops on Peter Gabriel’s So 25th Anniversary concert this past week and they each had the unique privilege to present Mr. Gabriel with a boombox just as “In Your Eyes” was starting (John at the Hollywood Bowl and Cameron at Santa Barbara). Pretty cool, huh? Pictures above are courtesy of Peter’s bassist Tony Levin. Check out his wonderful tour diary and web site. Check out a video from the Hollywood Bowl show and the crowd’s reaction below.
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UK movie magazine, Empire, runs a monthly column entitled Movie Mastermind. The object is to stump a filmmaker or actor based on questions from their own films. Cameron was the lucky target for April and here’s how it went…
1. In Singles, Citizen Dick’s LP, Smarter Than You, is released on which label?
Oh man . . . is it not Sub Pop? Ah, you’re killing me. I’m trying to visualize the review on my wall where I used to hang it. Was it . . . Real Clever Records? We wrote a whole review you know. It was a compilation of every hideous Creem magazine review I remembered ever being written.
2. In Say Anything…, Lloyd drives past the Guild 45th theatre, which is showing another John Cusack film. What is it?
3. In your cameo in Minority Report, what newspaper are you reading?
USA Today. I’m a terrible actor, as you already know from my cameo in Singles, but I went for it. Instantly Steven Spielberg realized how bad I was and put me in the background with a newspaper to read. At one point during the rehearsal, I looked up and (Tom) Cruise was giving me this venomous look. I was like, “What are you looking at me like that for? Come on man, it’s just a rehearsal…” Then I heard from Steven, “Okay, cut, we’ve got it!” I was like, “You fucker! You pulled the bad actor trick on me!”
4. In Almost Famous, what the full names of the band members of Stillwater – and the actors who played them?
There’s John Fedevich, the drummer, Mark Kozelek is the bassist, Billy Crudup is the guitarist Russell Hammond, the great Jeff Bebe is Jason Lee. But now I need the other names. . . Silent Ed Vallencourt is Fedevich! So now we’re down to the bassist (laughs). Now, Mark Kozelek plays LARRY FELLOWS! (laughs) Man, do I feel good about that!
5. In Elizabethtown, how much money does Drew’s company lose from the Spasmodica shoe?
It was almost a billion dollars, my friend. [Hears precise answer] Oh, well, come on, what’s a few million dollars between friends?
1/2 point. The correct answer is $972 million.
6. In Fast Times at Ridgemont High, what book is Arnold reading while at the pep rally?
Shhhhhhhhit. Don’t have it. Love Arnold, forgot his book.
7. What is the first line of Paul McCartney’s Vanilla Sky?
(Starts humming the tune) I’ve got to visualize the end of the movie and I’m there. Right, here is is: “The chef prepares a special menu for your delight.”
8. Warner Bros. didn’t initially approve of Singles‘ title – can you name three of their original suggested alternatives?
Come As You Are, that’s one. (Chuckles) They always suggest One Hot Summer, that’s a given. Fuck, were they all Nirvana songs? I have to think about this carefully, much pain was attached to this. Was something like Addicted To Love one of them? (Hears the answer). Man, you went deep for that question, didn’t ya?
1/2 point. The correct answer is Addicted to Love, Come As You Are, In The Midnight Hour, Love in Seattle, Leave Me A Message.
9. Finish the line from Jerry Maguire: “I am out here, for you . . . “
I want to say, “Doing it…” Goddamn it! (Hears the answer) Oh, man, SHIT! For the sheer pleasure of rediscovering that line with you, I will accept the loss of question nine
10. In Rod Tidwell’s advert for Reebok, eventually cut from Jerry Maguire, what is tattooed on the side of his head?
Crap. you guys are good. I know I don’t have it, you know I don’t have it . . . Now why on earth did I work so hard to stop that advertisement? (laughs)